WRENS, Ga. - It began as a classic pitcher's duel between Thomson Middle School starting ace Andy Grimaud and Wrens' Nick Chance. The duel between the two pitchers lasted four innings with Wrens leading 1-0.
At one point, both pitchers had recorded 11 strikeouts each.
The 1-0 score came on an exciting inside-the-park homerun to right field by Wrens' Cale Tiner, an eighth grader, who hit one of Grimaud's pitches over the head of Thomson outfielder William Krepps in the bottom of the fourth.
Grimaud and Chance battled each other for the first four innings - both pitchers recording nine strikeouts each during that span.
After holding the Bulldogs scoreless and hitless for four innings, the bats of the Thomson team suddenly awakened, as Thomson exploded for seven runs on six hits in the top of the fifth inning. The offensive uprising led to Thomson going on to win the game 16-2.
The victory was Thomson's sixth of the season without a defeat. The Bulldogs were scheduled to have played Glascock County on Wednesday and will play Warren County this Friday. The Bulldogs of Head Coach Brett Chalker will close out their regular season play against Washington County in Sandersville next Wednesday.
Grimaud earned another victory on the mound for the undefeated Bulldogs. Thomson's big fifth inning came on hits from the following players: Josh Jones, a single, Chad Austin, a single, John Holloway, a three-run triple, Clay Blasingame, a triple, Matt Connor, a RBI double and Austin Cooper, a three-run homer over the left center field fence.
Thomson erupted for nine runs in the top of the sixth inning - three of the biggest hits coming off the bats of Holloway, a two-run single, Blasingame, a two-run single and Grimaud, a RBI double.
The win was Thomson's second of the week last week. They defeated Warren County Middle School's Screaming Devils 18-3 last Thursday at Sweetwater Park near Thomson. The winning pitcher was John Holloway. Krepps worked the latter part of the game as relief pitcher.
Players, aside from the ones previously mentioned on the Thomson team, include: Hank Doupe', Jared Holliman, Torre Battle, Jaquavious Heath, Wykey Lane, Gunn McClure, Trevor Stephens and Tavis Walton. The managers for the team are Will Austin, Hunter Bragg, Evan Gheesling and Caleb Washington.